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Celebrating volunteers - Sally Shave

Our volunteers are an essential part of our work, giving their time freely to make a difference for Suffolk's wildlife.

Sally at Newboune SpringsI’m one of the lucky folk who retired at 53 from a headship in the Isle of Dogs in East London, running a new primary school for the Bangladeshi Community. Gay Country and Western dancing was wonderful there too!
I’ve always loved landscapes, been fascinated by how they work and what’s in them. I began conservation work in 1998 with the National Trust, at Hatfield Forest in Essex, who retrained me to handle machinery and sent me to Writtle College to gain conservation qualifications. I worked at the Forest with a succession of delightful people for 5 years. I loved the ancient forest, the glades, and the 8 hour days of physical work.

I came to Suffolk 6 years ago, where I worked with Natural England on their coastal reserves managing the coastal reserves for bittern and stone curlew. Hearing bittern boom as we erected fencing to protect little tern was a true privilege. Suffolk Wildlife Trust offers the same magical working experiences. What I love about the Trust is the reality of its campaign A Living Landscape. The wildlife benefits from our efforts and the county is a richer place as a result.

I love being out with the midweek team and experiencing the sheer variety of reserves from Trimley Marshes to Bradfield Woods and the valley fens. I’ve met and been inspired by some wonderful people. Long may it continue!